December 17 2020

The Conseil des arts de Montréal and the City of Montréal launch two new initiatives to promote the development and sustainability of artists’ studios in Montréal

Montréal, December 17, 2020 – The Conseil des arts de Montréal, in collaboration with the City of Montréal, is pleased to announce the launch of two new initiatives designed to support artists and artist collectives in the development and sustainability of artists’ studios. The first is a pilot project that involves Technical Resource Groups (TRG1) providing guidance and support to visual artists and craft artists’ collectives in their real estate development projects; the second involves a series of free workshops and the publication of legal tools, developed in conjunction with Éducaloi, designed to give artists the tools to negotiate and manage their leases.

These initiatives, which were developed based on the needs directly expressed by arts communities during consultations carried out by the Conseil des arts de Montréal in partnership with the city, represent a second collaborative phase between the two bodies. They have pooled their strengths and expertise to provide concrete support to artists in the face of current challenges and to help artist studios in our city survive. They complement a range of measures already in place and others to come, such as the enhancement of the Subsidy for artists in the visual arts and craft arts, a program that was launched in January 2020 by the Conseil and the City.

“I am very pleased to announce the implementation of two new measures aimed to equip artists and meet the needs they have expressed to us. These initiatives expand upon those already implemented by our administration to promote the presence of artist studios in Montréal and their sustainability. Together with the Conseil des arts de Montréal, we are proud of these moves which reflect our desire to provide tangible support for this creative sector, one that is essential to the cultural vitality of our city,” said Montréal Mayor, Valérie Plante.

Unprecedented collaborations
The pilot project consists of providing the guidance of a technical resource group (TRG) to four Montréal artist collectives, primarily in visual and craft arts and selected through a call for applications, to help them move forward with artist studio property development projects. Funded by the Conseil des Arts de Montréal and coordinated by the city’s Service de la Culture, the guidance provided to the four collectives selected will be adapted to their specific needs. The project will run for four months, starting in February 2021. The four TRG partners are: Atelier habitation Montréal; ROMEL – Regroupement des organismes du Montréal ethnique pour le logement; Bâtir son quartier; Groupe CDH – Conseil en Développement de l’Habitation.

Through an unprecedented collaboration between the Conseil, the City and Éducaloi, an organization providing legal information and education, we are also announcing the offer of new free workshops designed to give artists the tools they need when renting studios and creative spaces. Presented as webinars, Les Baux et les Arts workshops will provide participants with a wealth of useful legal information on their obligations and the protection of their rights. The 2-hour courses will take place between January 28 and February 23, 2021. More details will be provided once registration opens on January 14, 2021. Informative videos and the practical guide, Les Baux et les Arts, also produced by Éducaloi, will be available to all once the courses have ended.

Initiatives based on the needs of the community
These two new initiatives are the result of extensive discussions and consultations with various arts communities carried out by the Conseil in 2020, and by the City since 2019, intended to identify the property development needs of the community, as well as the risks inherent to the current situation. It clearly emerged that these two short-term priorities—legal workshops and professional guidance for artist collectives—would represent concrete and significant progress toward improving the current situation for artists’ studios.

“We have known for some time now that improving the living conditions and creative conditions for Montréal artists and arts organizations depends on their autonomy of action. This is why we favour initiatives that go beyond grants and offer solid guidance and expertise, to ensure that we achieve sustainable results,” said Jan-Fryderyk Pleszczynski, President of the Conseil des arts de Montréal.

These two initiatives, which provide financial support of over $125,000, will be documented and rigorously analyzed in view of their potential for renewal.

For more information about the eligibility criteria for the support project and to apply, please click on the following link.

For more information on how to sign up for free workshops, click here

1TRGs are social economy enterprises dedicated to the development of community housing. These enterprises are specialized in providing guidance to organizations and citizen groups that coordinate projects, and act as intermediaries between all stakeholders. Their involvement facilitates the creation and implementation of socially and economically viable housing projects. These groups are recognized partners of the Société d’habitation du Québec and the City of Montréal in the implementation of the AccèsLogis Québec Program.


About the Conseil des arts de Montréal
As a dynamic partner in Montréal’s professional arts community, the Conseil des arts de Montréal identifies, supports, and recognizes excellence in the creation, production, and dissemination of the arts. Through its forward-looking actions, it fosters openness, exploration, and audacity at the heart of Montréal’s creative landscape. Since 1956, the Conseil des arts de Montréal has contributed to the establishment of “Montréal, Cultural Metropolis.”

For more information

Conseil des arts de Montréal
Hugo Couturier
Acting Director of Communications
Phone: 514-280-3991

City of Montréal
Geneviève Jutras
Attachée de presse principale
Cabinet de la mairesse et du comité exécutif
514 243-1268